Preferential Entry

Qualification for Preferential Entry

If you gain Preferential Entry status you will have first choice of qualifications and courses. You will receive Preferential Entry to UC (subject to gaining University Entrance) if you have gained any of the below:

  • NCEA
    If you are a high achiever and score at least 150 for NCEA Level 3, you are eligible for Preferential Entry. This means you will have first choice of qualifications and courses.

    Your score will be based on your 80 best credits in University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3 and weighted by the level of achievement. You should take approved subjects wherever possible in your school programme both for entrance purposes and as the best preparation for university study.

    Your score will be calculated by awarding points:
    • Excellence = 4 points
    • Merit = 3 points
    • Achieved = 2 points

    One thing to remember when calculating your score:

    • All level 3 approved subjects can be counted
    • A maximum of 24 credits in each subject can be counted
    • If you have achieved fewer than 80 credits at Level 3, the score will be based on those you have achieved.

    Use the NCEA calculator to help you calculate your score.

  • Cambridge International Examinations and A (A2) Levels 
    If you are a high achiever and score 160 points or higher across your top six approved subjects, you are eligible for Preferential Entry This means you will have first choice of qualifications and courses.

    Calculate your score by totaling your six best subjects. Your score will be calculated by awarding points:

    Level Subject unit A B C D E
    A 2 120 points 100 points 80 points 60 points 40 points
    AS 1 60 points 50 points 40 points 30 points 20 points

    Other things to remember when calculating your score:

    • You can count a maximum of six subject units over the last two years of study, in subjects at AS, A2 or A level from syllabus groups that match NCEA approved subjects.
    • A CIE rank score may differ from the UCAS Tariff used for University Entrance because only syllabuses broadly equivalent to NCEA approved subjects are used for scoring.
    • An A level counts as two subject units. If you have studied more than six subject units the best six scores will be counted.

 

If you don’t meet the requirements for Preferential Entry you will be offered places subject to priority and availability.

More information

Liaison Office
Freephone in New Zealand 0800 VARSITY (827 748)
Phone +64 3 364 2459
Email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz

If you don’t quite feel ready to tackle degree level study, there are a variety of study options available to prepare you for successful university study.

If you’re a New Zealand student and do not yet meet the requirements for UC admission, you may still be eligible to gain admission through the Certificate in University Preparation.

If you’re from outside New Zealand and want to study at UC but don’t yet meet the UC entry requirements, you may be eligible for another preparatory programme.